AZ - Convicted molester works at Tucson church
Child sex offender is music minister
Man pled guilty in 2000 to molesting girls
He did prison time and is still on probation
Now, musician heads group that performs in churches
SNAP fears he may have hurt or may be hurting AZ kids
Holding signs and childhood photos, child sex abuse victims and their supporters will pass out leaflets at a Tucson church where a convicted sex offender now works. The leaflets will warn church members about the music minister, who pled guilty in 2000 to two counts of child molestation, and urge them to
--demand his immediate removal, and
--talk to their kids about the sex offender.
Sunday, November 10 at 11:15 a.m.
Outside of Dove of Peace Lutheran Church, 665 W. Roller Coaster Rd (at Oracle) in Tucson
Members and supporters of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, (SNAPNetwork.org) the nation's largest support network for men and women abused in religious and institutional settings, including a California woman who is the group's volunteer Western Regional Director
This week, members of SNAP learned that Eric Holtan, a music minister at Dove of Peace Lutheran Church in Tucson church http://www.doveofpeacetucson.org/ plead guilty in 2000 to two counts of child sexual abuse involving two girls in Duluth, Minnesota. Holtan served two years in prison and is still on probation. As a part of his probation, he is supposed to have no unsupervised contact with underage females.
Because Holtan is a child sex offender still on probation, SNAP believes his employment is a clear violation of the child protection policies of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). The group also fears for children at many of the churches where the Tucson Chamber Artists perform and that donors and the state may have been "duped" about Holtan's past.
The Dove of Peace website shows photos of children engaged in music performance. As "minister of music, art and ministry" at the church, SNAP fears that he is working directly with these children.
In addition, Tucson Chamber Artists receives money from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Tucson Pima Arts Council, among other groups and individuals. SNAP believes the groups have no idea that Holtan is a convicted sex offender.
"How did Eric Holtan pass a background check?" said Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director. "We don't know how Holtan got his job or what he told his donors. We do know that he must be in violation of his probation, is breaking the policies of the ELCA, and is definitely duping the people of Tucson about the serious danger he poses. He apparently is a charismatic guy, which is a common trait of sex offenders. The public needs to know the facts: he molested girls, he pled guilty, and now he is in possible violation of his probation. What else is he lying about?"
Holtan's case history can be viewed and downloaded here.http://theworthyadversary.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/HoltanEric.pdf For instructions on how to access the information on the Minnesota Judicial Branch website, visit http://theworthyadversary.com/2371-eric-holtan-information.
Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949) 322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Clohessy of St. Louis, MO, SNAP Executive Director, (314) 566-9790, email@example.com
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, MO, SNAP Outreach Director, (315) 503-0003, firstname.lastname@example.org
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
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